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A Feminist Perspective to Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew

Join us after the show as local activists, including Paradigm Shift’s Shetal Shah, discuss the play from a feminist perspective. A portion of the proceeds will support Paradigm Shift.

Feminist Comedy Vag Magazine Season 1 Finale Now Live!

Vag Magazine Episode 6: “Revelling/Reckoning” from Vag Magazine on Vimeo.

The first season finale of Vag Magazine, a comedy web series that goes behind the scenes at hipster third-wave feminist magazine Vag, will debut online at on Monday, November 22.

Vag Magazine is not your grandma’s feminist magazine, though we support her as a woman. Join founders Fennel, Sylvie, and Bethany, staffers Heavy Flo (a hero on the roller derby circuit), Reba (truly a legend of gonzo feminist pop culture journalism), and Meghan (the lone holdover from fashion magazine Gemma, which the Vag founders bought out with the proceeds from their Etsy shop), as well as enthusiastic intern Kit as they teach you how to be a better woman. In the sixth episode “Revelling/Reckoning” (all episodes are named after seminal feminist albums), tensions run high between Fennel, Sylvie, and Bethany at the Vag launch party and Jaybird makes Meghan an offer. This is the first season’s finale; Season Two will debut in 2011.

Vag Magazine stars Kate McKinnon (Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show, Adult Swim’s Venture Brothers), Nicole Drespel, Jocelyn Guest, Sarah Claspell, Veronica Osorio (Boves), Morgan Grace Jarrett (Big Fish, Love Liza), and Leslie Meisel (Upright Citizen Brigade’s Love Can Suck a Dick…And So Can I!). Shannon O’Neill (UCB’s Prison Freaks: A Talent Show) and Nicole Shabtai (Landline TV, UCB’s Citizen Rothstein) guest star.

Vag Magazine was created and written by Caitlin Tegart (The Pretty Good Sports Show, The Edge With Jake Sasseville) and Leila Cohan-Miccio (UCB’s This Is About Smith). The series is produced by Nicole Shabtai and directed by Zach Neumeyer.

Praise for Vag Magazine:
“An excellent new web series…Get excited about this one.” – Adam Frucci,
“The year’s not quite yet over, but I feel pretty confident in saying this: the independent comedy series Vag Magazine is one of my favorites of the year. The writing is sharp, the pace fast, the production values great and the cast clicks together beautifully.” – Liz Shannon Miller,
“A new Web comedy series plays Etsy-loving, patriarchy-hating third-wavers for laughs — and it works! We feminists have a reputation for being humorless killjoys with an inability to laugh at ourselves. Let me state for the record, however, that I laughed — and hard — when I saw the previews for a new Web comedy series that pokes fun at third-wave feminist hipsters like myself.” – Tracy Clark-Flory,
“Vag Magazine made me think about feminism even as it parodies some aspects of it–and that makes it smart and funny.” – Kathleen Richter, Ms. Magazine
“The actresses seem written for their roles.” – Ricardo Bilton, New York Observer
“The series definitely delivers in the LOL department. Many of the plotlines and comedic tools are patently ridiculous, and they are endearing and authentic.” – Grace Chu,
“Love it.” – Jessica Wakeman,

Leila and Caitlin are available for interviews, as are members of the cast. For even more information, check out or follow us on Twitter at @VagMagazine.

Higher Education – a poem by Cristina Dominguez

Class, today we will learn about legitimate jobs
that rob the lower masses from fruitful futures
and leave them haunted by a past, when unmasked
has the chills and sweats of oppression
in a land where healthcare means don’t get sick
unless you’re rich
and opportunity means
pull yourself up by the bootstraps on your bare-feet
and greet the pearly white gates of privilege

Class, I will also address the “other” and difference
but without thinking about the difference
it does but doesn’t make
pressed blue, lavender and pink collars
while we press our white columns together
shut them out
behind bars pushing drinks
behind bars in the clink
class c felons

Class, remember though, we live in the land of the free
Limitless choice and possibility
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of the almighty
dollar, dolor, puro amor
The sky is the limit
tray tables and seats in their
upright position
uptight position
like missionary
keep you safe from
restrained from
take off
and just before the curtains clothes
first class men remove their expensive coats
grab her ass and stare back
at the middle-middle class in coach
coached to look and long for the front as they step on the jet way
gangs of brown hands hold up
gangways walked by their ancestors put on vessels to this land of prosperity

Class, we won’t depart from lecture into discussion
we aren’t the Russians here
comments are for commies
I only want to hear
the answers in the back of the book I wrote, here
lets talk about arrivals, explorers
not conquistadors and slave trade ships
settlers who unsettled the original
aboriginal inhabitants
native tongues cut, sold, like cattle
only after we learned their trades
killed them with sickness and battles

Class, lets first take roll
“Here” she sat there
top of their class,
the Master’s mistress of facts
with her war-drobe lined up and locked up
behind a closet door
she knew the lay of the land and the law
Federal intern watching judges turn out sentences without thinking of the pretenses, tense in her seat in the court.
Plush curtains, waving flags, blunt oak masts and doors that shut out just enough light and life to keep it cold,
Colder than the plastic seats, rusty metal, smudged glass of the government homes of the lower class
her fear set free by their agency and her feminist thought

She sat in the offices defending her choices to guides: counselor professor
only from the outside can I get in
only from the outside can I get out

She found herself in a class teaching, on the beach teaching, in a bed teaching, and being taught about not reaching
Put her tongue to cunt to source, horse in her throat but wet mouthed, hungry, and wailing
Felt her nerves border on up surd and her anger rise like hurricane tides, the lies of west progressives red necked as the south where there at least their pistols gleam honestly ignorant.
Months ago, she laid in a bathtub too small to drown in, in bubbles, shambles and rubble but still threatening and trouble,
Now she jumps in between cracks, bulldozed laws, labels, categories,
Blood and gore and childhood stories devoured, sacrificing privilege and stealing power.
She drove, and drove, and drove mad, collected chaos and spread it on paper, in minds, hung on cactus and vine on the states dime

Class, today we will question everything
We will pull back the curtain
We will expose the Wizard
Stamp out the poppies with our bare feet, high off of illegitimate knowledge
Awaken and revive what is alive, we will expose lies
We will take out our books charred with dust, crusted with wine and blood
We will take off our clothes, close, naked, and writhing

Today we will FUCK
FUCK with the truth
until our laps are wet with ambiguity and fluidity

CALL FOR ART “Hidden Cities” — WCA 2011 National Juried Exhibition, Deadline Nov. 19

Venue: New Century Artists Gallery in Chelsea, NYC

Juror: Lisa Phillips, Director of the New Museum, NY

Eligibility: Open to all women artists

Dates: February 1 to February 12, 2011

Deadline: November 19, 2010

Artists are invited to explore their idea of their Hidden City , real or imagined, in an array of media. The theme may be broadly interpreted from an activist, political or personal context.

No matter our place in society, we all have our Hidden City — a place of refuge from gender, race, class and sexual exclusions, a place that shapes the feminist viewpoint. Some cities, like wrapped boxes, conceal unexpected gifts, others are riddles and lyrical abstractions. These are performative spaces where we may imagine retribution for injustices, righting wrongs or conversely, delving into the dark side. Convince the viewer of its viability, a live space filled with passion and imagination!

Download prospectus and enter online at:

Questions?  Contact Karen Gutfreund, National Exhibitions Coordinator, wcashows(at)

To join WCA, visit

Organized by the Women’s Caucus for Art  (WCA) as part of  the LIVE SPACE: WOMEN + ART+ ACTIVISM Conference in New York City , the exhibition runs concurrent with the College Art Association 2011 conference.  WCA is an affiliate society of CAA and a founding partner of The Feminist Art Project.

Benefit for Girls Rock Camp Alliance, Reading by Jennifer Baumgardner

On the heels of recording their new LP with Phil Palazzo (New Pornographers, Together and Ted Leo’s Brutalist Bricks), at Seaside Studios in Brooklyn, Palomar dusts off its Metrocard and takes its upcoming five-week Rock Shop residency to a whole new level: Just in time for the holiday season, the band will be curating five great shows for five great music-related causes:

Tuesday, November 16: A benefit for the Girls Rock Camp Alliance ($10)
Sword and Sandal
DJ set by Shirley Braha, New York Noise
Reading by Jennifer Baumgardner, author of Looking Both Ways

Tuesday, November 23: A benefit for the Future of Music Coalition ($10)
Melody Lane All-Stars (your fave 80’s covers)
Walter Schriefels
Comedians Todd Barry and Dave Hill

Tuesday, November 30: A benefit for the Women’s Audio Mission ($15)
Bird of Youth
Charles Bissell and Kevin Whelan of THE WRENS

Tuesday, December 7: A benefit for Air Traffic Control ($10)
Magnetic Island
Robbers on High Street
VS Antelope

Tuesday, December 14: A benefit for Little Kids Rock ($15)
I’m Turning Into
My Teenage Stride
Nada Surf (ACOUSTIC)
Comedian Eugene Mirman

limited offer: $40 pass () gets you into all shows!

About Palomar
Brooklyn’s beloved Palomar have been turning out highly melodic rock for more than a decade. These three ladies and a man mix wry humor, whimscial melodies, and driving guitars to define a sound uniquely their own amongst the groundswell of junior Brooklyn bands. With four albums under their belt (the last, All Things, Forests, released in 2007 on Misra Records), they are no putting finishing touches on a fifth. Have a listen here:

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The Hollaback iPhone app is here!

Campaign to raise $25K ends in 11 days, make your end-of-year gift today!
The Hollaback movement is growing fast. In Philly, Los Angeles, San Jose, Rochester, France, Buenos Aires, Alberta, and Berlin young women, impacted by the daily reality of harassment in their communities, are ready and waiting to start Hollaback sites. But they need your support. Your gift will help provide them the training, community, and technology they need to get started. Donate today at

Meet Anna, the leader of HollabackFRANCE and Inti Maria, the leader of HollabackBUENOSAIRES. Hear them talk about why they want to start Hollaback sites:

Who are we?
Hollaback! is a crowd-sourced movement to end street harassment.  We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe and confident when they walk down the street.

Connect with us
Keep tabs on our progress, give us your feedback, and be the first on your block to know when the iPhone and Droid apps release.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Get ready to Hollaback!
We are proud to announce the launch of the Hollaback! iPhone app! The iPhone App gives us a response to street harassment that will be mapped and heard, transforming the isolating experience of street harassment into an opportunity to tell the world that street harassment is not OK.  To download it, clickhere.When you sign into the iPhone app, you will be given choice to Hollaback! with or without a picture, describing the type of harassment: verbal, flashing, groping, assault, or other. A GPS mapping feature automatically tracks where the harassment is taking place, and maps it on  Then, you’ll gets an email entitled “You Hollaback’ed!” where you are encouraged to tell the rest of your story when you are safely back at your computer. The iPhone app will pilot in the U.S., with plans to expand internationally.  A Droid app is scheduled to launch later this week.

This app was funded, designed, and built by some incredible people.  We want to give a special thank you to our 356 Kickstarter donors, our friends atRightRides and Orange Mico, and our volunteers Jill Dimond and Sophia Shoemaker.  We couldn’t have done this without you.


Emily and the Hollaback! team

p.s. To keep this work going, please support us at  Every dollar counts, and we’ve only got 11 days to go!

p.p.s. Check out the coverage of the launch on MSNBCand in the New York Times!

Naomi Wolf Talks with Feminism’s New Young Leaders

Voices from the left and right: Courtney E. Martin, Lena Chen, Allison Kasic and Shelby Knox. Moderated by Naomi Wolf and More editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour.

Where are all the young feminists? That’s the frequently asked—and loaded—question that inspired More editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour to feature 14 young feminists in her November issue (on news-stands Oct 26). Bestselling author Naomi Wolf (The Beauty Myth) joins Seymour and panelists Lena Chen, Allison Kasic and Shelby Knox for a provocative discussion: How do the young leaders define feminism? Is blogging the new march on Washington? What do the conservative feminists believe? And will the intergenerational clash ever end?

Date & Time: Wed, Nov 10, 2010, 7:00pm
Location: 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street – Directions
Venue: 92YTribeca Mainstage
Price: $12.00

Click here to reserve tickets

Naomi Wolf is the best-selling author of The Beauty Myth and The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot. Her thought-provoking article What Price Happiness?, which explores whether women are less happy today than they were 40 years ago, appeared in the April 2010 issue of More.

Lena Chen is the author of the controversial “Sex and the Ivy” blog when s.he was an undergrad at Harvard, Chen is a self-described “reluctant sexpert, feminist and queer advocate and a walking case study on bad publicity.” A Boston-based freelance writer, she reports on gender, sexuality and lifestyle for a variety of publications, including the American Prospect and the Boston Globe. Chen hosts the Web video series “Sex. Really” for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and blogs at The Ch!cktionary.

Allison Kasic A libertarian activist and blogger, Kasic is graduate student in economics at George Mason University and a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. Long an outspoken proponent of equity feminism, Kasic was featured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine in May 2003 as one of the top conservative student activists in the country. Her writing has appeared in the National Review Online and the Christian Science Monitor.

Shelby Knox was the subject of an award-winning 2005 documentary, The Education of Shelby Knox, which followed the then 15-year-old as she campaigned to end abstinence-only education at her high school in Lubbock, Texas. Today, she’s a feminist blogger (, speaker and organizer in New York City.

Courtney E. Martin is a writer, teacher and speaker, living in Brooklyn. Her latest book Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists was just published to critical acclaim. Seal Press published her first anthology, co-edited with J. Courtney Sullivan, entitled Click: When We Became Feminists, last spring. She is also a widely-read freelance journalist and Editor at She is a Senior Correspondent for The American Prospect and her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek and the Christian Science Monitor, among others.

NOW-NYC Rally to TAKE RAPE SERIOUSLY – Secure Justice for 3 Teen Girls

Tuesday, November 9th, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
111 Centre Street, NYC (between Leonard & White;
6, Q, N, R, J, Z to Canal St.)
There couldn’t be a more important way to spend your lunch hour! Please get this on your calendar and carve out a few extra minutes of your day to take a stand against violence that targets women and girls. Let us know if you plan to attend!
212.627.9895 |

NOW-NYC and anti-violence advocates from across the city are joining forces to ask Justice Cassandra Mullen to give confessed rapist, Tony Simmons, a sentence with jail time.  Recently, the Manhattan Supreme Court Justice proposed a sentence of ten years probation with absolutely no jail time for this court-appointed juvenile counselor who pled guilty to raping one girl and sexually assaulting two others.

If Simmons, who admitted to sexually assaulting three teen girls, can get off without any jail time, what does that mean for women victims of rape across the city?  We need to send a message to Justice Mullen, law enforcement, our leaders, and our community to Take Rape Seriously!

1)  Join our rally and press conference on Tuesday, November 9th 12:30 pm and help us send a strong message!  We’ll have signs available, or you can bring your own. Our key messages are: (a) Take Rape Seriously
(b) NO Getting Away With Rape  (c) Simmons Should Serve

2)  Sign Our Petition NOW to Justice Cassandra Mullen to demand jail time for this violent offender and justice for the victims. We will present our petition to Justice Mullen after the rally.  3) Get more signers on this petition. Send out the link to the petition widely. Forward to friends, bloggers, and post on Facebook and Twitter. URL: More info: Get the full story here along with news links and updates!

Beth Israel Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Crime Victims Treatment Center – St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital

NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
National Action Network

Sanctuary for Families

*as of 11/3

To learn about more of NOW-NYC’s actions, meetings, and events please visit us at:

Drawing the Line: Sex and Consent – A Conversation about the Language of Rape

Date/Time: November 10th, 6-8PM
Location: WeNews Headquarters, 6 Barclay Street, Sixth floor, New York NY 10007
RSVP to – Subject: Nov 10th RSVP

Women’s eNews and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) are starting a conversation on rape and consent with a screening of The Line, a documentary about a young woman who is raped and decides to confront her attacker.

A panel discussion will follow with the filmmaker, Nancy Schwartzman, and three experts on sexual violence and media, who will engage the audience in a conversation about the language surrounding rape.

The panelists:

Nancy Schwartzman is a filmmaker, writer, and activist, whose focus is on sex and communication. She is the director of the documentary The Line and the founder of the The Line Campaign, which empowers young people to re-envision their intimate relationships. She lectures worldwide on the topic of consent and boundaries.

Joseph Samalin is the Coordinator of Training & Technical Assistance at Men Can Stop Rape and has been actively working against gender-based violence for over 15 years. He has worked with Safe Horizon’s Anti-Stalking Program, teen dating violence awareness organization Day One, and the New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

Kelly McBride, of the Poynter Institute, is a writer, teacher, and the leading voice in American journalism on how the media covers sexual assault. As a reporter, she covered issues ranging from white supremacy to the Catholic Church’s abuse scandal. Her expertise has been quoted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN.

Andrea (AJ) Plaid is the Sexual Correspondent for the race-and-pop culture blog Racialicious. She is also co-edits blog’s upcoming Love, Anonymously blog carnival, which will feature posts on and by people of color regarding love and sex. Her discussions on race, gender, and sex have been featured in Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Bitch as well as on GRITtv’s “Chew on This” segment. Her work has been republished, among other online sites, Penthouse, WireTap Magazine, New American Media, and RaceWire.

Feminist Web Comedy Vag Magazine Premieres Episode 3!

Vag Magazine Episode 3: “Swamp Ophelia” from Vag Magazine on Vimeo.

Vag Magazine is not your grandma’s feminist magazine, though we support her as a woman. Join founders Fennel, Sylvie, and Bethany, staffers Heavy Flo (a hero on the roller derby circuit), Reba (truly a legend of gonzo feminist pop culture journalism), and Meghan (the lone holdover from fashion magazine Gemma, which the Vag founders bought out with the proceeds from their Etsy shop), as well as enthusiastic intern Kit as they teach you how to be a better woman. In the second episode “Reject All American” (all episodes are named after seminal feminist albums), Bethany meets with menstrual cup company The Keeper about sponsoring the first issue of Vag, Kit learns the ropes, and Meghan tries to pitch a skirt story. New episodes will be posted each Monday.

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